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Cardinals news and notes: Molina and prospects

checks calendar Look baseball seasons is going to get here eventually guys okay

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As I write this sentence, I am looking at the snow on the ground outside, bundled up in a St. Louis Blues hoodie which will remain in-season for at least another three months and, if a playoff run occurs, even longer. One could be forgiven at this moment for not feeling very baseball-y. But there remains much to evaluate and consider and here is what was done in that regard over the weekend at Viva El Birdos.

Yadier Molina

Ben Markham wrote about Yadier Molina and his offensive resurgence in 2016, and what that might mean for Yadier Molina’s 2017. He uses a lot more words (and numbers, and logic) than I am about to use, but the overall theme, which is that Molina’s 2016 wasn’t a complete fluke and that it is reasonable to expect him to be above average again in 2017, was refreshing to hear.


The multi-part red baron prospect list continued on Sunday with players ranked 18th through 11th, including several recently-esteemed prospects such as Magneuris Sierra, Edmundo Sosa, and Paul DeJong. As is always the case, I tend to enjoy the earlier parts of the prospect list, read player comparisons, jump to absurd conclusions, and ignore the harsh reality that some prospects will not pan out as we hope they will.

After weird holiday-related schedules, we should really be getting back into the swing of things this week. I hope you’ll join us.